43/2023 – East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service Stalking Advocate

Author and Job Role: Lucy Thomas, Commissioning & Policy Lead for Victim Services

Protective Marking:  OFFICIAL

Police & Crime Commissioners have the statutory responsibility to provide services to support victims cope and recover. Stalking is a complex crime and victims require dedicated ongoing support.

Stalking is a prevalent and devastating crime experienced by 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men, affecting over 1.5 million people in England and Wales every year (Crime Survey England and Wales, 2020).

Stalking is widely recognised as a complex crime, requiring ongoing case management. Many victims of stalking cite a lack of understanding and confidence with regards to what steps to take, a gap which will be tackled by addressed with the provision of these posts.

A Stalking Advocate (1×35 hour) post to be embedded in East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) to support victims of intimate stalking.

The Police and Crime Commissioner to award £22,029 to ESDAS to fund this post for an additional 6 months until end of September 2024.  

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend (wet signed copy held at PCC Office)

Date: 25 January 2024

All decisions must be added to the decision register.

Financial implications

No implication


No legal implication


No risks

Equality and diversity

No implications

Risks to human rights

No risks